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News | March 9, 2023

DLA Energy Americas leaders shape strategic future

By Connie Braesch DLA Energy Public Affairs

Defense Logistics Agency Energy Americas shaped a strategic plan and a way forward to better support the Warfighter and nation during a Senior Leader Offsite in Houston, Texas, Feb. 22-24.

The theme was “Present objectives defines future strategic operations: Where are we now? Where do we need to be? And, how do we get there?”

“Through this theme, we were able to identify opportunities that will enhance our current and future operations and bolster the decision-making process,” said DLA Energy Americas Commander Army Col. Josielyn Carrasquillo. “Ultimately, our goal is to reduce supply chain vulnerabilities while improving processes, systems, and gaining the right talent over the next five to ten years.”

Over the course of three days, the leadership team examined in-depth numerous topics including using available assessment tools and data analytics to help make supply chain decisions; tracking electronic invoicing; evaluating how renewables impact the supply chain; employing disciplined innovation; supply chain challenges in a contested environment; secure fuel missions; and supply chain vulnerabilities at strategic locations.

The team evaluated ways to expand strategic partner engagements to share information, identify opportunities for mutually benefitable initiatives, and better facilitate challenges during supply chain disruptions.

Beyond operational and mission support objectives, the team worked to address the DLA Energy Americas Culture Action Plan, leadership, developmental training, immersion programs, and other human resources efforts.

“We had outstanding participation from the entire DLA Energy Americas staff and all three regions including Americas East, Americas North, and Americas West,” Carrasquillo said. “In addition, key leaders from DLA Energy Headquarters attended briefings and breakout sessions. These steadfast leaders were essential players throughout this event and shared valuable knowledge and expertise.”

To help address potential issues or hurdles, the team put their minds together to innovate, brainstorm and walkthrough various scenarios.

“The Americas offsite was full of great accomplishments, superb collaboration, and creative solutions to challenging problems,” Carrasquillo said. “But, most importantly, as I constantly witness within the Energy family, we came to this event as ONE Energy team ready to enhance the world-class support to our Warfighters and our Nation.”